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Los Guardianes Wildlife Refuge

Camaquiri Conservation Initiative Field station

Los Guardianes Wildlife Refuge, located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, is a privately-owned sanctuary encompassing over 548 hectares of rare coastal rainforest. The refuge is situated between the indigenous reserve of Kekoeldi and the Gandocca Manzanillo Biological Refuge.

This biodiverse habitat is home to a variety of species, including birds, monkeys, frogs, snakes, and wild cats like the ocelot and puma. The sanctuary was established through the collaboration of eleven landowners, who joined forces with scientists and volunteers to protect the area from threats such as poaching, illegal logging, and land squatting.

The conservation efforts at Los Guardianes are extensive, involving ranger patrols, scientific research, and the reintroduction of native species. Four permanent and one mobile ranger camps have been established, and the area is monitored through patrols and camera traps to record illegal activities and track wildlife movements.

The refuge also collaborates with organizations like Tropica Verde e.V. and the Jaguar Rescue Centre to reintroduce recovered wild animals and plant endangered species. Additionally, the refuge offers volunteering opportunities and night tours, providing education and hands-on experience in rainforest conservation.